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WWE Hall of Famer Verne Gagne Suspect In Death Investigation

Colin VassalloCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2009

WWE Hall of Famer Verne Gagne is currently a suspect in a death investigation, a Fox affiliate in Minnesota is reporting.

Gagne, the former owner and promoter of the AWA, is believed to have contributed to the January death of his roommate in the the Bloomington living facility, Friendship Village. His roommate, Helmut R. Gutmann, was 97 years old and both of them suffer from Alzheimer's-related dementia.

The two got into a fight in late January and Guttman suffered a broken leg and a head injury. Although he was released from hospital, Gutmann was hospitalized again due to complications and died four days ago.

The official cause of death has not been determined yet, but Bloomington Police are investigating the death as suspicious after being contacted by an elderly rights group.

Gagne was dismissed from the living facility after the altercation. Gutmann was a former cancer research scientist at the University of Minnesota, who escaped Nazi Germany.

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